The 1st ECOWAS Mining & Petroleum Forum & Exhibition

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Due to the fall of global mineral and petroleum prices, the importance of the first inaugural ECOWAS Mining and Petroleum Forum has escalated. ECOMOF, 1st ECOWAS Mining & Petroleum Forum & Exhibition will take place from 6 – 8 October 2015, in Accra, Ghana. The event is organised by the ECOWAS Commission, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Ministry of Petroleum, Ghana in association with the Chamber of Mines, Ghana and AME Trade.

As companies look to balance the books, between rising production prices and decreasing revenues, this regional meeting attended by all the Ministers of mining and petroleum of the fifteen member states (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo) will allow the private sector to ask the governments, how can you support us?

In recent years across the region, mining and petroleum laws have been changing regularly, making it difficult for companies to plan their long term future strategy, a uniform region wide extractive industry codes as well as an amalgamated West African Chamber of Mines will be put on the table for discussion at ECOMOF. The event will allow companies to plan their West African strategy by listening to mining, petroleum, financial and social experts to gain their vital short and long term predictions.

ECOMOF will feature pre-event workshops conducted by the gurus of West African mining & petroleum industries: Dr Wayne Dunn, McGill University & Founder & President of the CSR Training Institute, Dr Paul Jourdan, Consultant, Resource-Based Development Strategies, one of the forefathers of the modern African mining industry and Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Partner, Geni & Kebe & Suzy H. Nikiema, International law advisor.

The three day forum sessions will centre on the main theme of “Valorising West Africa’s Mineral & Petroleum Resources through Regional Cooperation”. The all-encompassing program will cover the A to Z of the West African extractive industries including sessions: finance, gender, training, education, technological innovation, mineral and petroleum potential, energy, environment, CSR, local content, infrastructure as well as country and corporate investment insights. Simultaneously with the forum program, the ECOMOF trade exhibition will take place with over one hundred companies expected to demonstrate their products and services.

Keynote speakers at the event will include:

  • E John Dramani Mahama, President, Republic of Ghana
  • E Kadre Desire Ouédraogo, President of the ECOWAS Commission
  • E Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union
  • E Kerfalla Yansane, Minister of Mines & Geology, Guinea
  • Boubacar Ba, Minister of Mines & Energy, Burkina Faso
  • Nii Osah Mills, Minister of Natural Resources, Ghana
  • Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, Minister of Petroleum, Ghana
  • Dr Boubou Cisse, Minister of Mines, Mali
  • Aly Ngouille Ndiaye, Minister of Industry and Mines, Senegal
  • Jean-Claude Brou, Minister of Industry & Mines, Ivory Coast
  • Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, Minister of Mines, Sierra Leone
  • Volker Wiederhold, Director, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
  • Johan Ferreira, President, Ghana Chamber of Mines, Director, Africa Newmont
  • Ayo Ajayi, Africa Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr Hermogene Nsengimana, Secretary General, African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO)
  • Pietro Toigo, Chief Macroeconomist, African Development Bank
  • Paulo de Sa, Practice Manager, Energy & Extractive, World Bank Group
  • Kristian Lempa, Project Director, GIZ
  • Latsoucabé Fall, Regional Manager, Africa, World Energy Council
  • Mark Jessell, WA Fellow / Professor / Centre for Exploration Targeting, WAXI
  • Stanislas Drochon, Director, Africa Oil and Gas. IHS

ECOMOF is an event which has been institutionalised by the ECOWAS Commission and will occur on a biennial basis. This was decided on 8th October 2010 at the meeting of ECOWAS Ministers responsible for Mineral Resources Development, in Monrovia, Liberia, who recommended that a regional mining and petroleum forum was required as part of the activities to promote and develop the mining and oil potentials of Member States.

For further information on the event and press accreditation please contact:

International inquiries: Patricia Mercier, patricia@ametrade.org

Inquiries in Ghana: Ethel Linda Mensah, lmensah@energycom.gov.gh